Take three Australian nerds: one singer, one singer pianist, and one rapper guitarist, and you get get the three parts needed to create a force to fight against the evils of the allied forces. This trio is known as The Axis of Awesome.
Jordan, Benny, and Lee, one fat, one short, one lean,
are a comedy trio with original songs, pop parodies, and hilarious live performances. Founded in 2006, they were primarily involved in improv theatre until they decided to try the same thing in music and thus the Axis was born.
- Scissors, Paper, ROCK! (2007)
- Infinity Rock Explosion! (2010)
- Animal Vehicle (2011)
- Cry YOURSELF A River (2012)
Tropes associated with The Axis of Awesome include:
- Adorkable: All three count, but Benny is definitely this. Example here.
- A Wild Rapper Appears: Parodied by Lee in "How to Write a Love Song".
- Affectionate Nickname: "Chicken Little" for Benny.
- Affectionate Parody: Most of their songs.
- Most notably, the official video for Four Chords parodies every single one of the music videos for the songs they do.
- Big, Thin, Short Trio
- Blatant Lies: "We've been a comedy rock sensation for forty years now."
- Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: This is used in their song Birdplane
I'm more than bird, I'm more than a plane
I'm a birdplane! I'm a birdplane! Check me out, I'm a birdplane
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: "How To nos. 1-3" go from how to bake a scone to how to catch a duck to how to kill a hooker.
- Butt Monkey: Benny, generally.
- Everything Sounds Sexier in French: That was the intent with their song "The Language of Love" but Benny didn't know how to speak French, only German. Hilarity Ensues.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: "Birdplane".
- "Rage of Thrones" qualifies as well.
- Flat "What.": "The Glorius Epic of the Three Men Who Are Awesome"
- The Four Chords of Pop: The entire point of one of their more well known songs "Four Chord Song", a medley of pop songs from the past 40 years that use the same progression.
- Hitler Ate Sugar: According to "Do They Know It's Pizza?", Joseph Kony cuts pizzas into 8 slices.
- Incredibly Conspicuous Drag: One of the costume sets in "Four Chord Song".
- Jesus Was Way Cool: Their song What Would Jesus Do, dedicated to why Jesus is a bazillion jillion times more awesome than you, starts out as this, then turns into Kung-Fu Jesus at the end.
- Last-Second Word Swap: "What Would Jesus Do" has the following:
Did you give your life up to save humans from bad luck?
Were you born a virgin birth or did your parents... have sex?
- Late Arrival Spoiler: Part of the point of "Rage of Thrones".
Don't tell me about "spoilers!" Winter has been coming for sixteen fucking years!"
- Lyric Swap: "Birdplane" for "Superman" in their parody of "Superman" called "Birdplane".
- My Friends... and Zoidberg: The traditional introduction to the band
Jordan and Lee:(Cutting off Benny) And We are The Axis of Awesome
Benny:And I'm Benny!
- One of Us: Jordan has the Triforce tattooed on his left shoulder and they had a whole song about how Harry Potter would fix everything.
- Only Sane Man: Benny regularly serves as this on the Animal Vehicle album, particularly during "Skeleton Man" and "Harry Potter and the Drunk Teenage Animals Escaping from Zoos"
- Self Demonstrating Song: "How to Write a Love Song".
- Shaggy Dog Story: "Titty Bar" is a two and a half minute set up to a Your Mom joke.
- Silly Love Songs: "How to Write a Love Song" parodies this.
- The Quiet One: Lee, in songs that have mostly singing parts.
- The Unintelligible: "Songs You Can Sing Along To"
- This Is a Song: "How to Write a Love Song".
- Truck Driver's Gear Change: Parodied in "How to Write a Love Song".
- Your Mom: the punchline of "Titty Bar"